This NEW history conference will provide students with a highly valuable and motivational revision day.  The conference has been designed to improve varied, interactive sessions throughout the day.

Students will hear from leading historians on Tudor history and receive high quality advice, guidance and examples from a senior examiner for producing examination answers of the highest levels. The conference is designed for students of all examination boards. The course is updated with lessons from the 2019 examinations to make sure your students are fully equipped for 2020.


  • Ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from a senior examiner and expert historians
  • Enhanced understanding of key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Interactive examiner workshops to improve performance in the exams
  • Up-to-date ideas about the period leading to strengthened exam technique
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
DATE & LOCATION London | Thursday 04 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference

*Venue subject to change dependent on student numbers 


10.25 – 10.35am
Welcome and Introduction: Dr Keith Milne

10.30 – 11.00 am

Consolidation of Power and Authority 1485-1509 Dr Paul Cavill

  • To what extent was there strong and stable government by 1509?
  • After 1487, how valid is it to suggest that the importance of rebellion under Henry VII has been exaggerated?
  • How far was Henry VII’s only economic policy of note the Navigation Acts?

11.00 – 11.40 am

Examiner Workshop: How to crack the evaluation of interpretations. Dr Keith Milne

  • What examiners are really looking for to prove understanding rather than simple comprehension of an interpretation.
  • How to spot and to evaluate the main thesis or thrust of an extract
  • The ideal structure for an evaluation answer; exactly what is meant by a subsidiary interpretation.
  • Examples of excellent responses at the highest level of award.

12.00 – 12.30pm

An English revolution in religion and government? Henry VIII and Reform of the Church: continuity and change by 1547  Dr Paul Cavill

  • How far had a reformed church in England been established by 1547?
  • How far was the most significant change in English society a consequence of the dissolution of the Monasteries?
  • To what extent did the Reformation Parliament fundamentally alter the relationship with the Crown?

12.30 – 1.10pm

A period of instability and crisis? England 1547 to 1563 Professor Susan Doran

  • How far was the issue of succession the greatest challenge of all?
  • There can have been no crisis as there was so little popular rebellion – how valid is this view?
  • The reigns of both Edward and Mary were merely the victim of unfortunate circumstance – how far is this a valid view?

1.10 – 1.40pm

1.40 – 1.50pm
Ask the Experts

  • The experts answer the questions submitted by the students, with a prize for the best

1.50 – 2.20pm

Examiner Workshop:

The key to outstanding essays: Dr Keith Milne

  • Exactly what should be done to achieve the higher levels and to extend student performance.
  • The ideal essay structure and how it drives an excellent, consistent judgement
  • Practical direction on how to integrate knowledge into an argument.
  • Establishing the answer – outstanding introductions and their importance at the higher levels

2.30 – 2.40pm

2.40 – 3.10pm
Elizabeth, The Golden Age? 1563 -1603 Professor Susan Doran

  • How far was Elizabeth’s greatest political triumph her effective control of the Privy Council?
  • To what extent was Elizabeth’s greatest political failure her refusal to marry?
  • How far was there more continuity than change in the treatment of the poor?
  • The Elizabethan Settlement was successfully established by 1603 – how far do you agree with this view?

Dr Keith Milne

Keith has 25 years of teaching experience in a wide range of schools and is currently Head of History in a large and very successful department of eleven full-time teachers. In addition to lecturing part time at university, whilst studying for a PhD in European History, he has written and also advised on a number of textbooks for A Level History students. He is a highly experienced Principal Examiner and Principal Moderator for a major examination body, leading a large number of very popular online and face-to-face conferences detailing the routes to exam success for all A Level students.

Dr Paul Cavill

A Senior Lecturer in Early Modern British History at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.  His research focuses on governance and the constitution in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, principally in the context of the Wars of Roses and the Break from Rome. He has a particular interest in the history of parliament and ecclesiastical history.  His key publications include The English Parliaments of Henry VII, 1485–1504 (Oxford, 2009), Writing the History of Parliament in Tudor and Early Stuart England (Manchester, 2018), co-edited with Alexandra Gajda and ‘Anticlericalism and the early Tudor parliament’, Parliamentary History, 34 (2015). He is also on the editorial board of the journal Parliamentary History.

Professor Susan Doran

Susan Doran is Professor in Early Modern History at the University of Oxford  and Senior Research Fellow at St Benet’s Hall and Jesus College.  Her publications on the Tudor period include Elizabeth I and her Circle (OUP, 2015), Elizabeth I and Religion, 1558-1603 (Routledge, 1994) and Queen Elizabeth I (NYU Press, 2003), part of the British Library’s Historic Lives series.  Her research interests focus on the political, religious and cultural history of the sixteenth century, especially the reign of Elizabeth I and the overarching theme of marriage and the succession.  She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association and a former Head of History at St Paul’s Girls’ School, London.

Student £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT